Our First Mission Field, Argentina

Buenos Aires

 

 

 

 

See more pictures in the Argentina album of the photo gallery

Argentina is located in the southern part of South America, below Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia and bordered to the west by Chile on the other side of the Andes mountains. It is a country of great natural resources.  Argentina has two of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Iguazu falls and the Patagonian glaciers in the south. The climate depends on where you are because in the north it is tropical and in the south it is arctic. Where we lived in Buenos Aires it is often humid and can get hot in the summer with temperatures up to 100 degrees. In the winter time it is often rainy but never gets below freezing. Argentina now has a population of over 36 million people. More than 14 million live in the capital which is Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is located in the middle of the country on the Atlantic coast. It is a thriving port city, well known among the largest cities in the world. Argentina is known for its large exports of beef and grain due to the fertile farm lands known as the pampas.


Many of the Argentines are descendants mostly of post WWII immigrants from Spain and Italy as well as from other European countries. There are also many immigrants from other South American countries who have come to Argentina for work and a better life. This is because Argentina for many years was considered as the wealthy country of South America. Their native language is Spanish.


Argentina became a mission field for the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism in 1978. There are now 12 thriving churches started by our missionaries and many other churches started by those churches.  Two in-church Bible institutes and one national mission agency have been started through the ministry of ABWE and the Argentine Association of Baptist Churches.  Argentine missionaries are being sent out to start new churches in the interior of Argentina and in other countries in South and Central America.  With only three missionaries presently serving with ABWE in Argentina, the task is enormous to evangelize the millions of lost people in Argentina.


In 2001 Argentina experienced one of its worst economic crises in its history. With thousands of people without jobs and an unstable government, Argentines were desperately considering their future in these confusing days in their country. Many people also considered seriously the truth of the gospel being shared with them by concerned fellow Argentines who knew the Lord as their Savior. It was a time for intensive sowing as well as a time for victorious harvest of souls to be reaped for the Savior.